California employers added 29,100 payroll jobs in August, posting one of the largest job gains in the nation but the unemployment rate still ticked up to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Job gains were broad in the Golden State last month, with seven sectors adding new positions. The construction sector led the job growth in August, expanding by 7,700 jobs.
The white-collar sector of professional and business services, which includes well-paying jobs such as lawyers, accountants and architects, added 6,300 jobs last month.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that trade, transportation and utilities shed 1,600 jobs in August.
Since August 2012, California employers have added 223,900 net jobs. The state continues outpacing the U.S. in nonfarm payroll growth, but the rate has slowed slightly to 1.5% in the last year. Earlier this year, California's payroll growth rate hovered closer to 2%.
Nevada had the highest unemployment rate last month at 9.5% followed by Illinois at 9.2%.
Friday's jobs report follows the announcement this week by the Federal Reserve to keep in place its monetary stimulus policy. Fed chairman Ben S. Bernanke said this week that economic conditions had not improved enough to begin tapering its $85-billion monthly bond purchases.
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